Hyundai's Head Of N Performance Division Confirms The i30 N

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The head of N performance division, Albert Biermann, has confirmed that the i30 N will launch in international markets in 2017 as the first 'N' badged road car.

Pictures of a Hyundai i30 test car with performance tweaks had surfaced on the web earlier in 2015, but this will be the first confirmation received for a road-going N performance car.

The new car will get a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which is based on the existing Hyundai powerplant from the standard i30, but has been tuned for improved performance and is expected to produce over 250bhp.

High-performance upgrades over the standard i30 will be an electronically adjusted limited-slip differential, high-performance brakes, a tuned-up gearbox, and a reworked exhaust.

The car will also get an enhanced suspension in addition to upgrades such as bigger wheels, heavier steering, and wider bumpers.

The i30 N will only be available with a manual gearbox at launch. A version equipped with an automatic gearbox is expected to be launched in international markets by early 2018. Sources suggest that an all-wheel-drive version might be introduced in the future as well.

Additionally, Biermann said that, "We will go into different markets and regions with N. We will also develop high-performance cars for the Genesis brand, but they won't have the N badge. N is just the sub-label for Hyundai cars."

The prototype version of the i30 N, badged the Hyundai i30 2.0T, has been running in the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race to test components.

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